Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Abu Dhabi's waterfront retreat
Sleek and sapphire blue, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr’s geometry sparkles like glistening facets of a gemstone along Abu Dhabi Creek. Inside, you’ll find a warm and inviting hotel in stark contrast to its cool, modern façade.

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr means "gate to the sea”in Arabic;its design is an homage to the fluid lines of seawater than run past the property’s doors. The luxurious beachfront hotel has striking views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and is conveniently located minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport at the gateway to the island of Abu Dhabi.

With its 369 guest rooms and suites, eight restaurants and prime location overlooking azure waterways, the luxury hotel offers services and facilities that are best defined in superlatives.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Fairmont Bab Al Bahr’s beach club earns raves for its Olympic-length pool, dedicated family swim area, Jacuzzi and long white sand beach. Get fit or relax with arguably the best mosque view in town.
  • The hotel is close to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, making it a sound choice for business travelers. Ten meeting rooms and an elegant ballroom extend seamlessly into the property’s waterfront outdoor spaces, providing an excellent event venue.
  • Fashionistas will be in retail heaven with the brand-new Yas Mall, situated within walking distance of the Abu Dhabi hotel. Explore the Venetian-themed souk (market) before resting your weary feet by taking a leisurely abra (boat) ride through the canals.
  • Every detail from the lithe room setup to the child-friendly brunch menu is geared toward making the hotel’s smallest guests feel most welcome. Staycationing here is a popular pastime with local expat families.
  • This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star resort puts you within arm's reach of some of Abu Dhabi's most popular attractions, including the world's first Ferrari theme park, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race circuit and Yas Waterworld, the UAE's largest waterpark.

Things to Know

  • Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is a pleasant alternative to the more opulent stays nearby with a sleek style that appeals to minimalists and modernists alike.
  • Visiting celebrities, such as Stevie Wonder, Nelly Furtado and the band Linkin Park, seek convenience as much as luxury. A stay in this luxury hotel, with its close proximity to Yas Island’s attractions and concert arenas, has it all.
  • Considered a fervent supporter of the region’s grassroots art scene, the property uses its long, sunlit corridors as a permanent gallery to myriad local art exhibitions, including the hotly anticipated “No White Walls” display every September.
  • Access to the legendary Fairmont Gold floor offers loyal guests upgraded facilities, including extra toiletries, turndown service and entrance to a lavish club level for complimentary breakfast, boardroom usage, all-day snacks and evening cocktails with hors d’oeuvres.

The Rooms

  • The well-appointed standard rooms are stylishly accented by bright colors and offer plentiful natural light thanks to the airy floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • Stylish light wood-paneled bathrooms include showers and separate soaking tubs, Le Labo amenities and plush robes and slippers for lounging.
  • Deluxe rooms are larger than the standard accommodations with more desirable views. Select rooms peer out at the mosque, but the most requested Fairmont Gold View rooms overlook both the creek and Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
  • Accessible by private elevator, the coveted Fairmont Gold View Vista Suites afford a stunning sunset view of the Grand Mosque in town and can accommodate up to 15 people for en-suite occasions.
  • Spacious and serene Presidential Suites help you escape the city’s hustle and bustle with commanding views, while some guests prefer the one-of-a-kind Royal Suite for its superior size, exclusive service options and bespoke VIP amenities.

The Restaurants

  • Eight high-end restaurants and bars offer diverse cuisine and poolside options for those who like to dine on the fly without the pomp and circumstance. Quirky and delightful-to-read cocktail menu descriptions are the talk of Puesta del Sol, the pool’s casual eatery.
  • CaféSushi is the Abu Dhabi hotel’s newest restaurant and a trendy spot for a flavorful bite. The deep-fried crispy avocado with seaweed and crab has a satisfying crunch with a sauce that packs a punch, and its salmon nigiri is a cut above the rest in the city.
  • Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill is a swanky spot from its lauded British chef White. For an indulgent taste of its meaty fare, visit on Wednesdays for the Great Steakout, a feast of unlimited steaks (Black Angus, striploin and rib eye), sauces (peppercorn, mushroom, béarnaise, bordelaise) and sides (triple-cooked chips, garlic-sautéed mushrooms, asparagus, sautéed spinach, potato dauphinoise, tomatoes confit).
  • Caprese salad is best enjoyed fresh and at Frankie’s, it’s made tableside and à la main. A wooden trolley laden with creamy buffalo mozzarella, seasonal colorful tomatoes and flavored olive oils wheels to the table so you can enjoy the colorful and interactive dining experience.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
Khor Al Maqta, PO Box 114304, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
AUH (18-22 min)